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Wavy Gravy
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Born Hugh Romney, this poet, clown, activist and philanthropist changed his name to Wavy Gravy at the Texas Pop Festival in 1969, with a little help from B.B. King. Wavy was a part of the Beat movement in the late 1950s, hanging out in Greenwich Village with hipsters and folk singers like Paul Krassner, Lenny Bruce, and Bob Dylan. He was a comedian and a comic actor, working for a time at the Committee (San Francisco's equivalent to Chicago's famed Second City troupe). By 1966, he was one of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and living on a mountain top commune near L.A. called the Hog Farm. After a time, the Hog Farm took to the road with its members living… Read More
Andrew Weil
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He's been on the cover of Time magazine (5/12/97), has appeared on "Prime Time Live," the morning talk shows, and The New York Times. He is acclaimed best-selling author and pioneer in integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil. The recipient of an AB degree in botany from Harvard University and an MD from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weil has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and for 15 years served as a research associate in ethnopharmacology at the Harvard Botanical Museum. He is the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is also the founder of the Foundation for Integrative Medicine and editor-in-chief of the… Read More
Brownie Mary
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Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as "Brownie Mary" died peacefully with friends at her side on the evening of April 10, 1999. Mary attracted nationwide attention several times during her 25 plus years in San Francisco. She moved to San Francisco from Reno, Nevada in the early seventies following the tragic death of her only daughter, Peggy in an automobile accident. The first of what was to be three busts for baking marijuana brownies gained national attention for her age, which was about 65 at that time and her fliers spread on Castro Street light poles advertising her wares, while working at I-Hop as a waitress. America was really taken with her defiance and course language. The result of that… Read More
Louis Armstrong
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Trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong was the seminal artist of jazz history—the first to combine trumpet virtuosity and an original musical vision with an entertainer's sense of presence and persona. The result would make him the most influential instrumentalist of his generation, and bring him the respect and adulation of musicians of all eras to come, as well as a vast audience beyond jazz that has never stopped growing. Case in point: The Guinness Book of World Records lists Armstrong as the oldest performer ever to chart a No. 1 hit record, an accomplishment achieved in 1964 when his record of Hello Dolly unexpectedly displaced the Beatles from the top position. And 17 years after his death, Armstrong's record of… Read More
Peter McWilliams
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It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent death of best-selling author, Peter McWilliams. Peter was found dead in his home on June 14, 2000. The cause of his death , according to sources, was that he choked on his vomit. Peter had suffered from AIDS and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 1996, and had used medical marijuana to suppress the nausea that was a common side-effect to the potent medications needed to keep him alive. His marijuana use was legal, thanks to California's Proposition 215, which passed in 1996 and legalized the use of marijuana for treatment of illness. Denied his medicine (marijuana) as a result of an arrest for possessing his medicine (marijuana), McWilliams died, as there… Read More
Paul McCartney
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Paul was born on June 18, 1942, at Walton Road Hospital, Liverpool, to Mary and James McCartney. His brother Mike (McGear) was born on January 7, 1944, at Walton Hospital. After passing his 11-Plus examinations Paul entered the Liverpool Institute in 1957 where he met a younger student, George Harrison. It was through another Liverpool Institute pupil, Ivan Vaughan that Paul met John Lennon. Paul's interest in music was mainly due to the influence of his father, a keen jazz musician. Paul became an accomplished guitarist at an early age and was able to tune a guitar as well as write down the lyrics in full of popular songs of the time. This impressed the young Lennon who invited Paul… Read More
Linda McCartney
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Paul McCartney, the composer of some of the rock era's most beautiful love songs, has consistently told interviewers that all his romantic ballads written after 1968 were about Linda McCartney. Those songs include everything from the Beatles' "Two of Us" and "Oh! Darling" to "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "The Lovely Linda" on Paul's first post-Beatles album, McCartney (1970); "Long-Haired Lady" on Ram (1971) and "My Love" on "Red Rose Speedway" (1973); to more recent songs as "We Got Married" and "Figure of Eight" on "Flowers in the Dirt" (1989) and "Golden Earth Girl" on "Off the Ground" (1993). Paul McCartney was not the first to compose a song about Linda McCartney. Her father, Lee Eastman, was a prominent show business… Read More
Woody Harrelson
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Woody, born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson on July 23, 1961, in Midland, Texas, had a childhood most people have never had to face. His father, Charles Voyde Harrelson, went to prison, convicted of murder when Woody was only seven. His mother Diane, a legal secretary, raised Woody and his two brothers in Lebanon, Ohio. Growing up strongly influenced by religion, Woody went to college on a presbyterian scholarship. After obtaining a degree in 1983 in English and theatrical arts from Hanover College, Indiana, Woody went to New York City to pursue a career in acting. His career began in New York theatre as an understudy in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues." Within months, he was cast as the good-hearted but dim-witted bartender… Read More
Carl Sagan
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Just imagine for a minute that Carl Sagan had been given a drug test for his job at NASA. Carl Sagan would have failed miserably with a high content of THC in his urine because he had been a regular pot smoker since the 1960's. He would have been blacklisted by the scientific community and then would have found himself unemployable in his profession. If Carl Sagan had been tested for THC, we would have lost one of the world's most brilliant scientists and he would not have had the chance to go on and win the Pulitzer Prize. Carl Sagan was not tested for THC and the whole world has profited as a result. Following is an article outlining… Read More
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